Joshua KO's Molina, Klitschko next
December 10, 2016
As expected, IBF world champ Anthony Joshua held onto his title by dominating challenger Eric Molina.
This fight looked bad on paper, and it was even worse in reality. Molina didn’t seem particularly interested in trying to win, so he was stopped early accordingly. He was very tentative and even a little scared looking, and was knocked down in the third round. It almost didn’t look like he was going to get up. He did, but Joshua just kept beating on him and the referee thankfully stopped the fight.
Everyone knows it, but it bears repeating that the British fans are absolutely crazy for Joshua. Manchester Arena was absolutely electric, they were chanting his name throughout the fight. Pretty wild for such a bad fight, and for a fighter who hasn’t beaten anyone of significance. I guess that’s where being marketable gets you.
The only importance behind Joshua-Molina was that a Joshua’s win sets up a mega-fight between him and Wladimir Klitschko. The deal is already in place for April 29th at Wembly Stadium in London, and it will be for the vacant WBA and IBO titles. Immediately after the fight Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn announced it, and Klitschko, who was ringside, faced off against Joshua.
Also notable was that before the fight WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder said that he wants Johsua after Klitschko. Assuming Joshua beats Klitschko, that would certainly be the biggest fight that could be made in heavyweight boxing. Hopefully they can put that together in 2017.